Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Henry Nehrling’s Garden Grove, a Music and Arts Festival, Promises Full Day of FUN for the Entire Family

Ocoee, Florida - The Henry Nehrling’s Garden Groove, a music and arts festival, headlines Apollo Sunshine and Mumpsy (voted Orlando’s best rock/pop group), and features activities for the whole family, art exhibits, and delicious food vendors. The event begins at 10 A.M. and continues to 6 P.M. on Saturday, September 19, 2009, at Vignetti Park, 1910 Adair St, Ocoee. All proceeds will benefit The Henry Nehrling Society for the acquisition of Nehrling’s Palm Cottage Gardens, one of Florida’s 11 most endangered historical sites. This is the last year to save this important piece of history. Tickets are $20 (donation); kids under 10 are Free. The fun starts with Mr. Richard’s delightful rock-n-roll tunes for kids of all ages. Kids can also enjoy face painting, Astro jump, and playground. The day continues with a wide variety of music from reggae and acoustic, to Southern rock, bluegrass, soul, funk, and even a sampling of psychedelic rock. Bands to perform these sounds include Apollo Sunshine, Mumpsy, K.G. & the Band, Savi Fernandez Band, The Highway 50 Band, Token Gamblers, and Andrew Buchwald. Tickets are available at Yellow Dog Eats, 1236 Hempel Ave, Windermere (Gotha), and Rock N’ Roll Heaven; 1814 N Orange Ave, Orlando; Park Ave CD's, 2916 Corrine Drive, Orlando, The Book Worm, 2400 E Washington St, Orlando. For more information visit: http://nehrlinggardens.org or http://gardengroove.org. Palm Cottage Gardens is the former home of internationally known horticulturalist Dr. Henry Nehrling, who introduced more than 300 new plants to Florida's landscape. He purchased the property in 1885 to establish a garden where he could experiment with tropical and subtropical plants. It is located in Gotha, Florida, a small community near Orlando that was founded by German Americans in 1885. Palm Cottage Gardens was Florida’s first USDA experimental botanical garden where Dr. Nehrling tested over 3,000 new and rare plants. Many prominent people of the era, such as Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, Liberty Hyde Bailey, Theordore Mead and Dr. David Fairchild, visited Nehrling’s home and gardens, marveling at Nehrling’s extraordinary work. Some collaborated with him on special scientific research. Thomas Edison worked with Nehrling for an alternative source for rubber.

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